What you will need:
  • 1 lb pork ribs, trimmed into 2-inch pieces (ask your butcher to do this or you can use a cleaver to do this too)
  • 5 shiitake mushrooms (soak in warm water until soft and then cut the stem off, cut in half)
  • 1 large bitter melon
  • 3 Tbsp of fermented bean paste (tau cheo)
  • 1 bunch of coriander (roughly chopped the leaves and save the stems for the soup stock)
  • 5 shallots (finely chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  1. Prepare a big pot of water and bring it to a boil. Add in the pork ribs and blanch briefly for about 1 minute. Discard the water
  2. Cut both tip of the bitter melon and then half. Scoop out the seeds and then cut into 3-inch pieces. Rub the pieces with salt and leave for 30 minutes. This will get rid of some of the bitterness
  3. If you have a double boiler, fill up the pot with water and bring it to a boil. Meanwhile place the pork and bitter melon into the inset of the double boiler and then add in water until you cover everything. Add in the fermented bean paste, shallots, soy sauce, coriander stems, pinch of salt and sugar. Place the inset to the double boiler and double boil for the next 1½ to 2 hours, until the pork is really tender. You may need to add water to the pot if it gets low during cooking. If you are setting up your own double- boiler, fill up a large pot with lid with water, the water probably should come up to about 2 inches inside the pot. Put all the ingredients into a large glass bowl that is heat resistance and will fit into your pot. Bring the water into the pot to a boil, place the bowl in. Cover the pot with lid and cook for the next 1½ to 2 hours and add water to the pot as needed because the water will get low during such a long cooking time
  4. When ready to serve, sprinkle with some chopped coriander. Serve with rice as part of multi-course meal
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